Candy Striper Program

MUSC Candy Stripers volunteers.

2023 Candy Striper Program

*The application period for the 2023 Candy Striper Program is closed.

We are excited to offer two summer programs for our junior volunteers. 

Students must be willing to complete the entire two week session.
Session One: June 19- June 30
Session Two: July 10- July 21

-Applications were accepted March 20 - April 30, 2023 

-Interviews were conducted May 8- May 12, 2023.

-Orientation was June 13, 2023

Our goal is to provide positive, energetic students (ages 14 to 18) who are possibly interested in health care or other real world experience with an environment and an opportunity to learn, help others, build friendships, and give back. The program also provides assistance to departments that could use extra sets of hands. The Candy Striper Volunteers help to make the hospital a little happier and friendlier. Volunteering can be a rewarding way to spend your summer! Please be sure to take a look at the program overview and requirements as we are implementing some changes this year. Note that due to the volume of applications we receive, and the specific requirements of the program, we are unable to place every applicant.


Application Requirements

Acceptance into the program is contingent upon completion of the below:

  • Must be at least 14 years old by the date of orientation.
  • Online application
  • In-person group Interview
  • Health screening by MUSC Employee Health Services
    • Immunization records (2 MMR, 2 Varicella, Tdap, Hep B and COVID with booster) need to be provided at screening for successful clearance.
  • One letter of recommendation (teacher, guidance counselor, employer, leader of applicable student organization, etc.)

During the program, volunteers will come in Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for two weeks and work with specific departments throughout the hospital. Participants will be allowed two excused absences per session. Uniforms, hospital ID’s, meal vouchers, and parking will be provided.